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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
and talked about negotiations surrounding the tax hikes and automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in a few days. this is about 5 minutes -- 15 minutes. >> madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something we could do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated, because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literallye for months. a plan that would simplify theod tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. reelected. and congressional democrats sat on theirel hands. now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement. w but we had no takers. but the phone never rang, and so now here we are five days from the new year, and we might f
Dec 26, 2012 7:30am EST
of our work you can't identify a liberal or conservative view. we have a very difficult bankruptcy tax case, nobody could say, well, you're a liberal if you want to allow the deduction by the estate, but you're a conservative if you want to require the debtor to -- i mean, it just doesn't make any sense. and most of our work concerns cases like that. but even on ones that are a little more accessible to the public generally, it's hard to pick the category. we had a case last term that hosanna to beler or case which involved the question of whether or not certain discrimination laws should be applied to religious institutions. so you could challenge the hiring or firing of a minister, for example, on the grounds that it was discriminatory. now, what's the liberal position in that? is it the view that u should extend the discrimination laws, or is it the view that you should protect the free exercise of religion to the greatest extent possible? we look at these cases and resolve them according to our best view of the law not in terms of a political or conservative agenda. now, there are
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
them apart, stop them from violating the tax is homosexual conduct law. that is the story the officers tell. they say that was a violation of the texas law and doesn't matter that occurred inside a home or a public place, it was a violation either way it occurred between two people of the same sex. so they had two decisions to make about what to do. one decision was should we issue them a citation as you would someone, traffic ticket for moving violation, it was a class c misdemeanor punishable by $200 fine. it is not a jailable offense that you are subject to any prison time and the police officers have discretion to issue someone a warning when they violate that sort of minimal criminal law as they do when people are speeding. but the lead officer on the scene decided he was going to issue at the 11 and tyro garner tickets for having engage in homosexual conduct. part of that, we can get into, i have some ideas about that but the other decision was not simply to issue the ticket but actually to take these two men to jail and that is what the officers did, taking down the stairs with
Dec 29, 2012 2:00am EST
and tax cuts they move through in a model bipartisan fashion with the impetus coming from george miller and ted kennedy the fact is that in doing so they gave legitimacy to bush and made his presidency stronger. democratic votes enabled those to go through whether you like them or don't like them than we had 9/11 and rallying by both parties behind a range of legislation some of which was controversial but almost unanimous support. and then you move on into the t.a.r.p. program that is rejected first by republicans and it was democrats that saved and a key member not the same circumstances but without some great momentum. the first thing that happens is every republican votes against his economic plan in both houses acting like a parliamentary minority and now a whole series of programs including the healthcare program where there was a conscious effort to make sure he couldn't get what he wanted to read it's also true he couldn't keep his own democrats together and they have some culpability. with a very significant difference and then you move to 2009. we have a president that has bee
Dec 27, 2012 2:00am EST
, and the death penalty for juvenile offenders. the taxes that people could no longer be thrown in prison for having consensual that. they saved affirmative-action in the famous case from michigan law school. case after case reject the bush administration position on guantÁnamo bay and treatment of the detainees there. so why did the court of last? well, the court move left because sandra day o'connor grew more and more alienated from the modern republican party. she didn't like john ashcroft. she did not warrant here has been connect it. she didn't like the way the war in iraq was being conducted and above all, she was alienated by something that doesn't get talked about a lot now, but the one very large in the history of our country. not just the supreme court. and this terry schiavo case. the terry schiavo case had a big impact on justice o'connor summoned the police and judicial independence, the summit dealing, although many people didn't know at the time come with dissent ever has been alzheimer's disease. the idea of medical decision-making for a critically alpert was not just an
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